The Success Academy is Slowly Privatizing Public Education

Founded by Eva Moskowitz in 2006, Success Academy is a charter school operator located in New York City. Eva Moskowitz was a former City Council member. She attended the University of Pennsylvania and got a B.A. with honors in History. She then went to the John Hopkins University and graduated with a Ph.D. in American history. Eva has done different jobs throughout her career. However, it was after working at the City Council that she took interest in education. Her efforts ever since have been mainly to privatize public education through establishing charter schools.


The Success Academy admits all students without bias even those with special needs. The admission is done every April through a random lottery. The school charter program has 46 schools in its network. It was, in 2006, the first Success Academy School that was opened in Harlem. Later on, more schools were opened in Harlem and surrounding neighborhoods of New York City. By 2015, the network had 9000 students in its schools. The network’s pre-kindergarten programs have been undergoing some regulation hitches. This changed from June this year when the Supreme Court ruled in their favor and lifted off the regulations.


After each learning experience, the student’s understanding is measured by standardized tests. Success Academy schools also put in a lot of work into teaching and motivating students. For example, students who perform well are given prizes like remote-controlled cars. The students are also publicly ranked according to performance. Recently the Success Academy schools have launched a new online platform whose purpose is to grow the network. The portal is free and grants students access to schools’ curriculum and strategies teachers use. In a bid to promote student literacy, the network has employed 15000 educators to assist in the learning process. The Success Academy charter schools are truly exceptional. In 2015, the Harlem Charter School 3 received a National Blue Ribbon from the U.S. Department of Education.

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